The only authorized edition of the twentieth-century classic, featuring F. Scott Fitzgerald’s final revisions, a foreword by his granddaughter, and a new introduction by National Book Award winner Jesmyn Ward.
The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s third book, stands as the supreme achievement of his career. First published in 1925, this quintessential novel of the Jazz Age has been acclaimed by generations of readers. The story of the mysteriously wealthy Jay Gatsby and his love for the beautiful Daisy Buchanan, of lavish parties on Long Island at a time when The New York Times noted “gin was the national drink and sex the national obsession,” it is an exquisitely crafted tale of America in the 1920s.
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Most of us were assigned F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel in high school, but it’s 100 percent worth revisiting as an adult—the social satire and the heartbreak both hit harder. Jay Gatsby's quest to remake himself into a socialite feels unexpectedly familiar in an age when we we curate the perfect version of our lives on social media. (The status-conscious Fitzgerald even set this story in the Hamptons, past and present playground of the wealthy and fabulous.) Honestly, The Great Gatsby couldn't feel more of-the-moment if Daisy Buchanan's last name were actually Kardashian.
Audio reviews reflect PW's assessment of the audio adaptation of a book and should be quoted only in reference to the audio version.FictionTHE GREAT GATSBYF. Scott Fitzgerald, read by Tim Robbins. Caedmon Audio, unabridged, six cassettes, 7 hrs., Readers in that sizeable group of people who think The Great Gatsby is the Great American Novel will be delighted with Robbins's subtle, brainy and immensely touching new reading. There have been audio versions of Gatsby before this by Alexander Scourby and Christopher Reeve, to name two but actor/director Robbins brings a fresh and bracing vision that makes the story gleam. From the jaunty irony of the title page quote ("Lover, gold-hatted, high-bouncing lover, I must have you!") to the poetry of Fitzgerald's ending about "the dark fields of the republic" and "boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past," Robbins conjures up a sublime portrait of a lost world. And as a bonus, the excellent audio actor Robert Sean Leonard reads a selection of Fitzgerald's letters to editors, agents and friends which focus on the writing and selling of the novel. Listeners will revel in learning random factoids, e.g., in 1924, Scott and Zelda were living in a Rome hotel that cost just over $500 a month, and he was respectfully suggesting that his agent Harold Ober ask $15,000 from Liberty magazine for the serial rights to Gatsby.
Great glimpse into the era
I loved reading this book for a few reasons. First, it gives a great glimpse of the era. Reading it, you feel as though you were living during the '20s between Long Island and NYC. Second, I enjoyed the development of a healthy number of characters. With each of them, throughout the book, you're left open regarding whether he is good, bad, later to be justified, or later to be vilified. Third, when through, my response was, "Wow," as the conclusion almost imperceptibly gives you the facts to tie together a boatload of things that have happened and statements that were made throughout the book. Upon finishing, I sat with a notebook and wrote about two pages of notes to sort out all that happened, who was good, who was bad, who was at fault, and where truly was the locus of sadness when all was said and done. Great stuff!
The Great Gatsby = Phenomenal
This book captured the 20s era, and then sufficiently and thoroughly displayed the high and low points of the decade. You get to see what New York was like in the twenties through the eyes of the wealthy and socialites.
The famous quote, "All that glitters isn't gold" holds true in this book. Being rich and famous isn't as great as people think it is, as the most popular men and women have their personal lives are exposed, and their selfishness and cold hearts are revealed. The book just shows that you cannot disguise a careless heart, and that sometimes it takes a tragedy for everyone to see the cruel person inside of you.
The symbolism in this book is subtle, yet simple. The messages are clear and inspirational. And the characters and the storyline take you back to the fun, exciting parties and nights in the city, and also the shady, unlawful, sinful ways to gain wealth and popularity.
I am in 8th Grade, and though in the start of this book I was a bit confused, as the story went on I truly fell in love with it!
I read this for English class and I have to say I don't understand what makes this so special that it is taught in American English classes and is considered a classic. It's is entertaining but it is nothing more than a story of the materialistic wealthy and the carelessness of their actions along with the love of one man.